[There are] the white elms at the east gate. / And the oaks on Wanqiu ; / The daughter of Zizhong, / Dances about [...] Cf. Shijing 137
1. Tsâi Yü being asleep during the daytime, the Master said, "Rotten wood cannot be carved; a wall of dirty earth will [...] Cf. Lunyu 102
Mêng / Youthful Folly / A spring wells up at the foot of the mountain: The image of YOUTH. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 4
When the man of highest capacities hears Tao / He does his best to put it into practice. / When the man of middling [...] Cf. Daodejing 41
I am the madman of the Chu country / Who sang a mad song disputing Confucius. / ...Holding in my hand a staff [...] Cf. Tangshi 53
To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the [...] Cf. Sunzi 42
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